This is a press release from KEET-TV:
The Redwood Discovery Museum presents an exciting new exhibit, Benjamin Franklin-Inventionsopening on Sunday May 29 at noon with a FREE Family Day on Sunday June 5, 2022.
Benjamin Franklin had the best sense of adventure and loved to expand his knowledge by actively creating experiments to test his theories. Now families can immerse themselves in Franklin’s discovery process with the Benjamin Franklin-Inventions exposure. Discover and learn how Franklin used the three types of heat transfer – radiation, convection and conduction – to design the Franklin Stove. See how lenses project and focus images, power a thunderstorm, feel the charge of a key hanging from a kite string, and make a glass bowl sing. It is possible to solve a nine-digit “magic square”, one of Franklin’s favorite puzzles.
Ken Pinkerton, member of the museum’s board of trustees and designer of all the interactive exhibits, shares his favorite activity at the museum. “Static machines have been of interest for a long time. Franklin’s kite experience is my favorite. Participants fire up a small Van De Graaff generator to produce a charge that travels along the kite’s string and charges an old master key. “Touching the key gives the viewer a little shock, just like Franklin felt during his famous experiment,” says Pinkerton.
The museum is hosting a free family day on Sunday, June 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children have the chance to create a kite. They can also try their hand at carving potatoes to make carvings like Ben Franklin. It’s not as fancy as a printing press – but it’s still a messy good time! You can find more details on Discovery-museum.org. We hope to see you there.
The Benjamin Franklin-Inventions the exhibit is a partnership between the Humboldt County Office of Education and KEET-TV, in conjunction with the Ken Burns PBS series Benjamin Franklin. You can watch this series on KEET-TV’s global channel on 6/11 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Corporate financing for BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was provided by Bank of America. Primary funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Significant funding has also been provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and its members Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine; University of Pennsylvania; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; Perry and Donna Golkin; Kissick Family Foundation; Deborah and Jon Dawson; Diane and Hal Brierley; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Cappy and Janie McGarr; Lavender Butterfly Fund; and Susan and Charles Shanor Charitable Trust.